October 31, 2007

Well, here we are again with a different look to the site.  I love that sweet Diva, but now the harvest is ending and we are sliding into the dark of the year and I really wanted something to reflect that change.  I spent far too much time looking for a nice, autumn background and then finally decided that one of the prettiest things I'd seen in a while was my own back yard, so I took a picture to show you and that is now the top banner.

To the left is the wonderful shed that Eric built.  He did such a fine job and it is just stuffed to the very gills.  Straight back and past the gate, there is a kind of dome-shaped structure covered in quilts.  That's our sweat lodge, which will be in great used tonight for a good ol' End of Harvest sweat.  This is the time when we cast off what no longer serves us and we'll go in and sweat it all out after all the trick-or-treating is over.

Closer in and under the trees is the spa/Jacuzzi.  Thank God for Craig's List.  Lots of happy times in there.  Fortunately, Eric, God bless'im, is great about keeping it nice and clean and chemically-clean, so it's always ready to go. 

The kids, of course, are all fired up for Halloween.  They had a little carnival down at another elementary school last Saturday, which let them try out their costumes.  Nathan promptly decided that he didn't like his bleeding Scream mask because it was just way too hot under there, which means he has to dig into the costume box for something else to wear.  We struck gold this morning with a costume he has already worn 3 years in a row.

I got them up early to put on their costumes for school, but when it was time to normally get ready for school, they informed me that they weren't allowed to wear masks.  ?!  Since both of their costumes were fairly mask-dependent, we had to think fast.  After much discussion. we came up with these:

My sweet Dylan is a nerd.  He has a sticky note on his
pocket that says, "Hello...My name is Dylan.  I am
white and nerdy.

My baby Nathan pulled out his old skeleton costume and
we got busy with the face paint.  He's truly more thrilled
than he looks.  Truly.

Delena didn't want to dress up because she was tired.  Tonight, I think Dylan is going to be a vampire and Nathan is staying with the skeleton.  Masks are awful anyway.  I think we're done with them.

Eric plans to dress up for the community party on Saturday, but I don't know as what yet.  There will be photos...oh yes, there will be photos.

Also, Saturday night is Delena's first Homecoming dance, so there will be photos there too.

Today is a really big day for me and Eric, personally, because, in the tradition of letting go of what is old and outmoded, he faxed his resignation into the Post Office today.  It's a little scary since that is our primary income, but he has a really good job lined up with Beale AFB and a couple more that he is bidding, so we figure it's a good time to jump ship.  I completely understand that he needs to focus on his business exclusively and sometimes, you have to take a leap of faith.  He is required to give 30 days' notice, but his contract is such that they could also give him 30 days' notice at any time as well.  That means his last day will be November 30th.  That's a Friday, so that means that December 1st will be his first full weekend off in over a year.  That also means that someone else will be delivering the bulk of the Christmas parcels.  Since the post office dropped him into the job on November 13th with no training, just in time for a heavy political year (LOTS of campaign mailings) and Christmas mailings, I don't have a lot of sympathy for them. He was learning how to do his job and putting in 12-15 hour days, delivering mail by flashlight.  If they cannot find anyone to do the route, they will probably ask him to continue on an emergency basis, but if they do, they will have to pay him a WHOLE lot more money to do it than they do now.

I could say that my job is going well, but that really depends on how you look at it.  I like it very much and I am learning a tremendous amount, which is nice.  The ol' gray cells have not been jostled much in the past several years and it is really nice to pick up new info and info I'd forgotten.

The low side of it is that I am really, really awful at this.  That's not me being humble, but me being a realist.  I was awful at it when I did it before and my skills did not improve over the 13 years off when I wasn't doing it.  I'm getting better, but I have still never come anywhere near the 100 line per hour rate that they require of their MTs.  I'll just keep going until they fire me!  :)  I only am scheduled to work from 10-2 Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday, but they are really backed up on reports and are begging people to work any time they can, so I've been putting in at least a couple of hours every day.  Maybe they'll be desperate enough to keep me!

And now, it's time for me to log on and get busy!

I hope you have a very wonderful Halloween.  Don't forget, whatever is still out in the field tomorrow morning, you have to let go.  If it comes back, it's yours and you know the rest!

Be Particular,

Addendum, 9:05pm

Trick or treat was an amazing success.  Here we all are ready to leave:

That is a terrible, terrible photo of Delena.  The princess is actually a very handsome little boy  :)  The girl in white is Delena's girlfriend, who came with us. The funny little head towering over the black shrouded face is my friend, Marcia. 

Some very cool decorations along the way...

I love my town.


Next comes the community party on Saturday and I WILL dress up for THAT!

The cathartic, middle-aged ramblings of an occasionally confused woman

Name: Katrina Rasbold
Location: Grizzly Flats, California

I am a happily married broad of a particular age who lives in a rural mountain community on the edge of the El Dorado National Forest.  Grizzly Flats was once a thriving mining town (think "Deadwood"), but is now a quiet, remote town with a few hundred year-round residents and several city folks with a country home up here where they come to rough it a few times a year.  No more saloons or hotels or livery stables, just an unmanned fire station, a 2 room schoolhouse, a ranger station and a post office. 

It's heaven.

I am a writer and webmaster.  I am also a medical transcriptionist and a student of life and the world around us. 

I deeply honor all religions and whatever (harming none) path others use to reach God and their most sacred selves.  I completely reject the premise that there is one path/ one religion that "fits all" and is the "right" one.  Just as people speak in different languages to one another, I believe God also speaks to us in different languages.  God knows us well enough to understand that our spirits vibrate on different levels and must be accessed in different ways with different words and practices. 

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Septic Tank Cleaner:  "No, but I am a spiritual man."

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